Safety, health care, climate and agriculture
Mission Driven Innovation
The Netherlands is one of the most competitive and innovative countries worldwide, and we want to stay that way. At the same time, there are major societal challenges that we cannot escape. That is why we are investigating what value we as top sectors can realize for the societal challenges, and in which form that can also lead to economic value. The multidisciplinary nature of societal challenges is a good fit for the creative industry and offers its chances to stimulate innovations and to develop new knowledge and methods.
Global challenges, such as making the economy and society more sustainable, and an inclusive, healthy and happy society, require innovation. The (international) economic opportunities of the societal challenges and the ambition of the Netherlands to play a prominent role in this are the central principles of the Mission-driven Innovation Policy: an extension of the cooperation from the Top Sector approach. This new policy uses the innovative power of the top sectors to tackle major societal challenges through targeted cross-sectoral cooperation between science, applied research and innovation. This requires a multidisciplinary approach, in which technological innovation goes hand in hand with social innovation. The application and development of key methodologies are indispensable.